Marilyn Monroe

The Last Interview

“I’m so many people. They shock me sometimes. I wish I was just me!” –Marilyn Monroe

Nearly sixty years after her death, Marilyn Monroe remains an icon whom everyone loves but no one really knows. The conversations gathered here–spanning her emergence on the Hollywood scene to just days before her death at age 36–show Monroe at her sharpest and most insightful on the thorny topics of ambition, fame, femininity, desire, and more. Together with an introduction by Sady Doyle, these pieces reveal yet another Marilyn: not the tragic heroine she’s become in the popular imagination, but a righteously and justifiably angry figure breaking free of the limitations the world forced on her.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was an actress, model, global celebrity, and one of the twentieth century’s most famous pop icons. Born in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane Mortenson, she appeared in her first movie at age 21 and achieved breakout success in 1953. Monroe went on to star in more than 20 films, including Gentleman Prefer BlondesThe Seven Year Itch, and Some Like it Hot.

Sady Doyle is the author of Trainwreck and Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Her work has appeared in In These TimesThe GuardianElle.comThe AtlanticSlate, Buzzfeed, Rookie, among other publications. She is the founder of the blog Tiger Beatdown, and won the first-ever Women’s Media Center Social Media Award. She’s been featured in Rookie: Yearbook One and Yearbook Two, and contributed to the Book of Jezebel. She lives in upstate New York.